The Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) Support Core provides:
1) Collection of, and washing and sterilization of, glassware from Cancer Center
Principal Investigators' (PIs') laboratories, and return of this glassware to the
2) Supervision and maintenance of all Cancer Center shared equipment, -including
autoclaves, glassware washers, and equipment used to prepare high quality deionized,
distilled water, and service contracts for heavily-used, expensive pieces of equipment,
such as ultracentrifuges and liquid scintillation counters.
3) Purchasing of centralized supplies, including carbon dioxide, liquid nitrogen,
and dry ice in bulk and provision of these supplies to Cancer Center PIs' laboratories,
and preparation of and supply of deionized, distilled water, to Cancer Center
4) Provision of routine maintenance of freezers, balances, microscopes, and hoods
in individual laboratories through outside contractors.
5) Assessment of need for and recommendations for purchases of, new shared
equipment or services.
The Core provides services for Cancer Center PIs in the Ezralow Tower,
the Norris Topping Tower, the Harlyne Norris Research Tower, and the
Cancer Research Laboratory of the Cancer Center and for a few Cancer Center
PIs housed in the Hoffman Building and the Pharmaceutical Science Center,
all at the Health Sciences Campus, and for Cancer Center PIs at the Smith
Tower at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The MCB Core is supervised by
Joseph R. Landolph, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and
Immunology and a Member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Five Glassware Technicians – Sylvia Villareal, Maria Marin De Los Angeles,
Maria De La Torre, and Sondra De La Paz Wills (all at the HSC) and Anna Palma
(at CHLA) - assist in collecting, washing, sterilizing, and returning the
glassware of all Cancer Center PIs. Services are managed on a daily basis
by Mr. Alfred Ascencio at the Health Sciences Campus, and at the Smith
Research Tower of Children's Hospital Los Angeles by Dr. Ambrose Jong,
under the overall supervision of Dr. Joseph R. Landolph, Jr.
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